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Academic Finalist

The Academic Finalist is a Scholarship sponsored by Northern Illinois University.

Award Information:

Amount of Scholarship: Minimum: $4300, Maximum: $5819, Full Tuition
Application Deadline: February 1 (freshmen), March 1 (transfers)
Requirements: Applicant must have a minimum 27 ACT composite score or 45 transferrable credit hours. Award is the equivalent of in-state tuition. Transfer students must have 3.5 GPA.
Eligibility: College freshman, Other

Sponsorship provided by:

Northern Illinois University
Swen Parson Hall 245
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone Number: 815 753 8288
Fax Number: 815 753 9475

You can find out more by contacting:

Dana Gautcher
Program Scholarship Coordinator
Retention Programs Adams 402
Dekalb, IL 60115
Phone Number: 815 753 4829

A good place to start is to search for the background of the scholarship. The best shot of achieving your goal can be attained by initially researching the prerequisites and making sure you meet them. Before you even begin, try to recognize the potential motivations of the Northern Illinois University and their reason for offering the Academic Finalist. If you meet the requirements, you should determine if you have any likelihood of being awarded the scholarship. Upon determining that you have a decent shot of actually being awarded the Academic Finalist, then it is useful to put forth the effort to apply.

A crucial part of applying for the scholarship is properly completing the forms. Some forms are time consuming, but it is absolutely critical that the forms are filled out properly. It would be awful to get passed over because of some minor point.

After the required forms have been mailed, you should note when the Academic Finalist chooses a winner and actually dispenses the resources so that you can know if it is possible to rely on the scholarship to help meet the expenses associated with school and what assistance it will provide, stipulations may exist on what bills you can pay with the Academic Finalist. Recently it has become more burdensome to find ways to take care of all of your financial needs, and making use of the Academic Finalist can provide significant support. If you are not fortunate to receive the Academic Finalist, don't give up, you might find new scholarships and you may find success elsewhere.

Last Updated: 12/18/2015


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